Intel Core i7-6950X

Intel Core i7-6950X

About processor

The Intel Core i7-6950X processor is an absolute beast of a CPU, boasting an impressive 10 cores and 20 threads. The performance-core base frequency of 3.0 GHz and max turbo frequency of 3.5 GHz ensure that it can handle even the most demanding tasks with ease. The 25MB of L3 cache also ensures that data can be accessed quickly, further boosting performance. With a TDP of 140W, this processor is undoubtedly power-hungry, but the performance it delivers more than justifies the power consumption. Whether it's gaming, content creation, or heavy multitasking, the Core i7-6950X excels at it all. In Geekbench 6, it achieved an impressive single-core score of 1020 and a multi-core score of 6726, showcasing its raw processing power. While the Broadwell-E architecture may not be the latest and greatest, the Core i7-6950X still holds its own in today's market, especially for users who require extreme multitasking capabilities and processing power. Overall, this processor is a top-tier option for those who demand nothing but the best performance from their desktop system.


Label Name
Launch Date
May 2016
Model Name
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Code Name
Broadwell E

CPU Specifications

Total Cores
Cores is a hardware term that describes the number of independent central processing units in a single computing component (die or chip).
Total Threads
Where applicable, Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology is only available on Performance-cores.
Performance-core Base Frequency
3.0 GHz
Performance-core Max Turbo Frequency
Maximum P-core turbo frequency derived from Intel® Turbo Boost Technology.
3.5 GHz
L1 Cache
32K per core
L2 Cache
256K per core
L3 Cache
25MB shared
CPU Socket
The socket is the component that provides the mechanical and electrical connections between the processor and motherboard.
Lithography refers to the semiconductor technology used to manufacture an integrated circuit, and is reported in nanometer (nm), indicative of the size of features built on the semiconductor.
14 nm
140 W
Instruction Set
The instruction set is a hard program stored inside the CPU that guides and optimizes CPU operations. With these instruction sets, the CPU can run more efficiently. There are many manufacturers that design CPUs, which results in different instruction sets, such as the 8086 instruction set for the Intel camp and the RISC instruction set for the ARM camp. x86, ARM v8, and MIPS are all codes for instruction sets. Instruction sets can be extended; for example, x86 added 64-bit support to create x86-64. Manufacturers developing CPUs that are compatible with a certain instruction set need authorization from the instruction set patent holder. A typical example is Intel authorizing AMD, enabling the latter to develop CPUs compatible with the x86 instruction set.

Memory Specifications

Memory Type
Intel® processors come in four different types: Single Channel, Dual Channel, Triple Channel, and Flex Mode. Maximum supported memory speed may be lower when populating multiple DIMMs per channel on products that support multiple memory channels.
Max Memory Size
Max memory size refers to the maximum memory capacity supported by the processor.
Memory Channels
The number of memory channels refers to the bandwidth operation for real world application.
Max Memory Bandwidth
Max Memory bandwidth is the maximum rate at which data can be read from or stored into a semiconductor memory by the processor (in GB/s).
76.8 GB/s

GPU Specifications

Integrated Graphics Model
An integrated GPU refers to the graphics core that is integrated into the CPU processor. Leveraging the processor's powerful computational capabilities and intelligent power efficiency management, it delivers outstanding graphics performance and a smooth application experience at a lower power consumption.


Cinebench R23
Single Core Score
Cinebench R23
Multi Core Score
Geekbench 6
Single Core Score
Geekbench 6
Multi Core Score
Geekbench 5
Single Core Score
Geekbench 5
Multi Core Score
Passmark CPU
Single Core Score
Passmark CPU
Multi Core Score

Compared to Other CPU

Cinebench R23 Single Core
Cinebench R23 Multi Core
9720 +1.2%
9658 +0.5%
9591 -0.2%
9110 -5.2%
Geekbench 6 Single Core
1024 +0.4%
1021 +0.1%
1016 -0.4%
Geekbench 6 Multi Core
6753 +0.4%
Geekbench 5 Single Core
969 +0.1%
Geekbench 5 Multi Core
9241 -0.1%
Passmark CPU Single Core
2347 -0.1%
Passmark CPU Multi Core
17552 +0.4%
17498 +0.1%